Comment by ronnoch on One Chance (a short flash game) · 2010-12-15T00:11:23.351Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Hmmm... On the day the suicide happens, I'm pretty sure the door to the lab is locked.

Comment by ronnoch on One Chance (a short flash game) · 2010-12-14T23:25:31.935Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It appears I saved myself and my daughter, but everybody else died. Reading the reviews by NG, it sounds like this is the best possible outcome in the game?

Is the point to get us to think about our priorities?

Comment by ronnoch on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 6 · 2010-12-14T21:41:04.200Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

In his author's notes, Eliezer said that MoR was the 5th or 6th most reviewed HP fanfic (or something like that). How does he know? Is there a list of top-reviewed fanfics somewhere?

Comment by ronnoch on Should LW have a public censorship policy? · 2010-12-11T23:20:12.726Z · score: 18 (18 votes) · LW · GW

Of course, if you put something like that in the FAQ or about page, right there for eager new members to read, a lot of them are bound to go looking for it. Forbidden knowledge is tantalizing.

Comment by ronnoch on How To Lose 100 Karma In 6 Hours -- What Just Happened · 2010-12-10T22:39:44.447Z · score: 17 (17 votes) · LW · GW

This is an excellent cautionary tale about being careful what you precommit to.

Comment by ronnoch on Cheat codes · 2010-12-04T07:52:23.815Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I suspect the major benefit of finishing NaNoWriMo is realizing that writing a novel is actually possible, for you. That it's not some impossibly huge and daunting project that you could never really pull off--you can do it in a month, even.

Comment by ronnoch on Where are other places to meet rationality-minded people? · 2010-11-30T22:34:19.597Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Straight Dope forums are good, and sometimes a better place than LW for settling fact-based questions.

Comment by ronnoch on Psychopathy and the Wason Selection Task · 2010-11-22T21:12:08.247Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

The original paper is available ungated here. (Found on the author's website.)

Comment by ronnoch on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 5 · 2010-11-17T20:15:05.209Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Personally, I found it very useful when Eliezer posted when we could expect the next update in his author's notes. The RSS feed is cool but doesn't seem to update right away, so I still find myself checking compulsively so I can read the new chapter the moment is goes up.

Comment by ronnoch on Voting is not rational (usually.) · 2010-11-02T21:20:15.962Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Is the question of whether to vote really a "political issue" in the same Blues vs Greens way that, say, abortion or gun control is?

Comment by ronnoch on A brief guide to not getting downvoted · 2010-10-30T03:05:00.992Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I may have misinterpreted your post, but it doesn't appear to add anything to what is already covered in the Sequences, the About page, and FAQ (

Comment by ronnoch on Call for Volunteers: Rationalists with Non-Traditional Skills · 2010-10-29T20:08:47.937Z · score: 8 (10 votes) · LW · GW

And thus was the SIAI militia born.

Comment by ronnoch on A suggestion on how to get people to read the Sequences · 2010-10-25T20:33:40.984Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

A couple months ago I spent a weekend tossing together a webapp to do exactly this. Didn't completely finish it because I was worried about copyright.